May 08, 2013:
My facebook and instagram feeds have been inundated with comments and questions every time I post a progress picture from our collaboration with Home Depot Canada. It usually goes like this:
Meredith posts amazing photo.
Half a dozen people comment: "My Home Depot sure doesn't have that stuff."
Or "You got THAT from Home Depot?" (drips with incredulousness)
To each and every one I answer "YUP!!!"
I think so many shoppers are plagued by the "If I don't see it, it doesn't exist" mentality of shopping. It has to hit them over the head before they even notice it. I'm guilty of that on a few occasions. Now I also worked for Home Depot for 4 years and know that up there on those giant racks, the most amazing things are sometimes hidden. The bottom line is you have to ask. Find someone in an orange apron who can assist you. Always ask about their special order programs. Special Order doesn't always mean Mucho Dollars. It just means that they don't stock it at the store level or at that particular store.
Here's my other tip to anyone who thinks that they must only purchase off the shelf - familiarize yourself with the brands that Home Depot features/carries and then go on line and see what else they have. That's what I did with the Kohler faucets. I knew the styles I was interested in and then once I had their names, I looked them up on Home Depot's website and sure enough, there they were!! I may have found the Pinstripe knobs from them first. Octagon knobs of my dreams that they are. I didn't realize that there was an entire matching collection of toilet roll holders/towel holders etc. Janet the kitchen designer I was working with shared all of that with me and I couldn't agree to them fast enough.
With our floor tiles now installed, everyone who sees them thinks we went high end marble dealer. Their mouthes hit the floor when we say Home Depot. It's there on the shelves pretty much any and every time I've been there in the last few years. So the next time you are in to pick up lightbulbs or getting a key cut, take a look around and explore all that they have to offer. Who knows where it will lead!